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Webinar: “Saving Lives: A Conversation about Suicide Prevention in the Jewish Community”

Webinar: “Saving Lives:  A Conversation about Suicide Prevention in the Jewish Community” — Featuring Special Guests Linda Burger, MSW and Laurie Morgan Silver, LCSW

DATE: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT
1 hour
CONTENT WARNING: The webinar leaders will address the emotional impact of suicide; methods will not be addressed in this presentation.

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Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Month and that World Suicide Prevention Day coincided with Rosh HaShana? Were you aware that CDC (2018) identifies suicide as a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016?  This CDC study notes that “54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue.”  In the Jewish community, suicide has been, historically, a taboo topic for a variety of reasons. Throughout the year, Jews of (nearly) all ages and stages contemplate suicide, and many follow through with it.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET for this critical webinar. Joining us are RespectAbility Board Member Linda Burger, MSW and her colleague, Laurie Morgan Silver, LCSW. Burger is a staunch leader in Houston’s Jewish community, where she is the CEO of Jewish Family Service Houston (JFSH). Silver, a psychotherapist, serves as a consultant with JFSH, where she supports suicide prevention and aftercare and other mental health programs.

Jewish Family Service Houston has developed a number of mental health initiatives to address suicide prevention and aftercare in its community. During this webinar, our leaders will also review the statistical context as well as the purpose and status of the Mental Health Let’s Talk About It programs and services.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and/or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

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Webinar: How to Write Winning Op-eds on Jobs for People with Disabilities

Webinar: How to Write Winning Op-eds on Jobs for People with Disabilities – Featuring Special Guests Eleanor Clift and Clarence Page

DATE: Thursday, September 20, 2018
12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT / 10:30 a.m. MT / 9:30 a.m. PT
1 hour

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Did you know that last year, 343,000 people with disabilities entered the workforce? Did you know that there are 14 million working-age people with disabilities who want to work? Every day, job seekers with disabilities are striving to work, improve their skills and secure a better future for themselves.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month as known as NDEAM. The theme for 2018 is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” This yearly celebration is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the unique contributions of employees with disabilities. What can you do to help? This year, RespectAbility is putting out a call for YOUR HELP to spread the good news on how to advance opportunities and fight stigmas for people with disabilities. 

Please join us on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. ET for a special webinar. This FREE online learning opportunity will teach you how to write winning op-eds that will advance our common goal of more jobs for people with disabilities. Joining us for this webinar is RespectAbility Board Member Eleanor Clift and Clarence Page. Clift is a legend in the world of journalism who was a mainstay of the syndicated talk show “The McLaughlin Group” and currently writes about politics and culture for the Daily Beast. Page is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board.

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Webinar: Advocating With Your Governor on Jobs for People with Disabilities

DATE: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT / 10:30 a.m. MT / 9:30 a.m. PT
1 hour

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Former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell once said that “every chief executive wants to be known as a “Jobs Governor.” Governors across the political spectrum are key partner when it comes to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. In Alaska, Bill Walker has expanded Project SEARCH to help young people with disabilities find jobs. Brian Sandoval of Nevada has worked with employers on innovative employment strategies. In Minnesota Mark Dayton’s Employment First policies have resulted in thousands of new jobs for his constituents with disabilities.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. ET for a special webinar. This online learning opportunity will teach you how to advocate for more jobs for people with disabilities, how to talk about best practices and what you can do to fight stigmas. [click to continue…]

Webinar: “Spanish Resource Release: Planning for Success: Advocating for Your Child With A Disability.”

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DATE: Thursday, September 6, 2018
TIME: 12:30PM(Eastern) / 11:30AM(Central) / 10:30AM(Mountain) / 9:30AM(Pacific)
DURATION: 1 hour

Did you know that there are 4,869,400 Latinx people living with a disability in the United States? Did you know that in grades K-12, there are 1,471,367 Latinx students with a disability?

1-in-5 Americans live with some form of disability. Just as our nation is growing more diverse, so are the demographics of the disability community.

Supporting the success of Latinx students with disabilities requires best practices, insights from self-advocates as well as resources to help communities, families and people thrive. As such, we will be releasing a free resource guide for Latinx Parents of Children with Disabilities this Thursday, September 6th, at 12:30pm Eastern. [click to continue…]

WEBINAR: Debra Ruh’s Guide on Strategies and Branding Effort on Consumer with Disabilities

Did you know that according to Nielsen Research, consumers with disabilities represent a $1 billion market segment? 

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Ruh joined us to talk in great detail about her transformative new book Inclusion Branding. This new volume provides key insights to enable companies to:

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Inclusion Branding, written by Debra Ruh

  • Create strategies and branding efforts that include people with disability into the workforce and expand your customer base.
  • Share care studies and practical information on driving success through the principles of Profit, People, Purpose, and Planet

Ruh brings years of global experience to this session–she has worked with Fortune 100 companies and nations including Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and China. From her initial multi-million dollar firm, Debra was able to build Ruh Global Communication in 2013. This firm empowers people with disabilities through offering services in Global Diversity Inclusion Strategies, Digital Marketing, and Branding, to name a few. In 2016 Ms. Ruh was invited to address the United Nations General Assembly at the Conference of State Parties 9th session. Debra continues to be a champion for people with disabilities through her work in technology and accessibility in the workplace. In 2018, she was selected by the State Department to represent the United States abroad, on topics related to inclusion and disabilities.

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Disability Group Inks Deal with Hollywood Heavyweight

RespectAbility and Norman Lear Center Unite to Help Hollywood Include People with Disabilities

HH&S' Director Kate Folb in between RespectAbility's President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Communications Director Lauren Appelbaum, all standing and smiling, in front of a picture of Norman Lear

HH&S’ Director Kate Folb in between RespectAbility’s President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Communications Director Lauren Appelbaum

Los Angeles, Calif., April 18 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, announces a new partnership with Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a project of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. The partnership will help educate, inform and support the success of the movie/TV industry in its work to ensure that people with disabilities are included on both sides of the camera in the stories that Hollywood tells. HH&S provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for storylines on health, safety and national security. Like RespectAbility, HH&S recognizes the profound impact that entertainment media have on individual knowledge and behavior – ultimately impacting society and lives at large.

“We’re delighted to be working with RespectAbility to help inform and inspire the frequency and accuracy of portrayals of people with disabilities in TV and film,” said Kate Folb, the director of HH&S.

HH&S offers several resources, including quick facts, briefings and consultations with experts, case examples, panel discussions about timely health issues, a quarterly newsletter with health updates called Real to Reel and an expanding list of tip sheets written specifically for writers and producers. The broad range of topics includes disability-specific topics autism and mental health. Some of the TV shows they have assisted include The Fosters, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is the New Black, Speechless, Switched at Birth and many more.

The creation of this partnership would not have been possible without the financial support of The California Endowment. “Visibility and representation matters,” said Jose L. Plaza, who manages the grant for The California Endowment. “We know that accurate and positive portrayals of diverse people with disabilities will not only empower and educate viewers and program creators but will ultimately lead to a more inclusive, responsive and healthier society.”

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